Accessible Information Standard comes in to force

NHS England, August 2016

The Accessible Information Standard came into force on 1st August 2016 to ensure that people with disabilities receive easily accessible information and support.

The Accessible Information Standard aims to ensure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand with support so they can communicate effectively with services. Examples of the types of support that might be required include large print, braille or using a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

All organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care are required to follow the new standard, including NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, and GP practices.

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Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Home Office, April 2016

This multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) should be read and followed by all persons and bodies in England and Wales who are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It replaces female genital mutilation: guidelines to protect children and women (2014).

It is not intended to replace wider safeguarding guidance, but to provide additional advice on FGM.

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Open Consultation: Health risks from alcohol – new guidelines

Department of Health, January 2016

Seeks views on the UK Chief Medical Officers’ proposed new guidelines to limit the health risks associated with the consumption of alcohol.

At the request of the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs), a group of experts were asked to evaluate evidence about the levels and types of health harm that alcohol can cause.  They have produced some recommendations about how health risks can be limited from drinking alcohol.  The UK CMOs considered and accepted the advice of the expert group and are consulting on the following 3 recommendations:
•a weekly guideline on regular drinking
•advice on single episodes of drinking
•a guideline on pregnancy and drinking

The consultation closes on 1st April 2016

Click here for further information and to respond to the consultation.

Psychiatric reports: Preparation & use in cases involving asylum, removal from the UK or immigration detention – CR199

Royal College of Psychiatrists, October 2015

This guidance document is aimed primarily at psychiatrists who are requested to prepare medical reports on the mental health of persons seeking asylum, in immigration detention, and/or facing removal from the UK.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on:

•the purpose of expert medical evidence in such cases
•what to expect during instruction
•the legal requirements when providing an expert witness report to the court
•common issues and problems which may arise
•the legal framework for such reports in asylum and removal cases
•the key components of good quality reports.

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Assessing the health of people who are homeless

The Queen’s Nursing Institute, October 2015

The Queen’s Nursing Institute have produced guidance for community nurses to help them assess the health of homeless people.

The resource features a template health assessment including general physical health, presence of long term conditions, substance use, mental health, sexual health and housing. It also incorporates template care plans for use by nurses and patients.

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Care and Treatment Review: Policy and Guidance

NHS England, August 2015

This guidance has been produced by building on the learning from the Care and Treatment reviews which have taken place so far, including extensive engagement with people with learning disabilities, their representatives and their families.

The document will help local Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England commissioners implement the recommendation from this learning that CTRs should become ‘business as usual’.

Click here to view the full text guidance.